LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant is heading overseas to have a medical procedure unrelated to the torn Achilles tendon he sustained in April. Stitched Bucks Jerseys . The Los Angeles Lakers said Thursday that Bryant is expected to return early next week. He went to Germany twice in 2011 for a procedure on his sore right knee and a sore left ankle that bothered him at the time. The Los Angeles Times on Thursday cited people with knowledge of the situation as saying that Bryant was going to Germany this time. He was having a knee procedure that involves removing blood from the affected area and spinning it in a centrifuge. Molecules that cause inflammatory responses are then removed to create a serum that is injected back into the affected area. Lakers coach Mike DAntoni told the Times that Bryants trip and ensuing procedure had been planned, and that the team had no concerns about it. The 35-year-old guard has been recovering from his Achilles injury and subsequent surgery. He did some shooting at training camp on Wednesday, but hasnt been cleared for running or jumping. The Lakers havent provided a timetable on Bryants return from the Achilles injury other than saying in April that he would be back in six to nine months. The overseas procedure wont affect his recovery time from the tendon injury. The Lakers open the season Oct. 29 against the Clippers.Lucius Allen Jersey . While he was away, it was the division-rival Baltimore Orioles conducting a little business of their own, scooping up Ubaldo Jimenez on Monday evening to a reported four-year, $50-million contract. Mirza Teletovic Jersey . De La Rosa pitched six strong innings to win his sixth consecutive decision, Todd Helton homered and the Colorado Rockies snapped the Los Angeles Dodgers six-game winning streak with a 7-5 victory on Wednesday night.OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma City Thunder centre Kendrick Perkins will miss six weeks after a medical procedure on his left groin. The team said Tuesday that Perkins was injured during the third quarter on Feb. 20 against the Miami Heat, and he did not play Sunday against the Los Angeles Clipperrs. Kyle Korver Jersey. . He has averaged 3.4 points and 5.0 rebounds in 54 starts. Steven Adams, a rookie, has started all three games Perkins has missed this season. The Thunder said the procedure was successful. Oklahoma Citys next game is Wednesday night at home against Cleveland. ' ' '